I'm 'tickled pink' - Oh, I say! to present this vibrant summertide dessert - Miss Windsor's Pink & Spicy Gooseberry Raspberry Fool - created with Grandmother Josie's favourite summer fruits - gorgeous gooseberries and ravishing raspberries.
Oh, and you'll be pleased to know that I prepared this delicious summery classic following traditional methods - which involved an old-fashioned pudding basin and potato masher - How thrilling!
In fact, Mrs Beeton suggests to steam the fruits in a 'jar'. However, please refrain from doing so, because when Miss Windsor followed suit the jar cracked then smashed to smithereens - Oh, dearie me!
I must say, darlings, Gooseberry Fool is a rather unusual, yet chucklesome name for a dessert that for some bizarre reason appears to tickle the American’s – How endearing!
Now, moving swiftly on, for those who aren't so familiar with Gooseberry Fool, it's a quintessential British dessert, which is traditionally made with green gooseberries that are ripe and ready to pick during May to August.
However, one sunny day I stumbled upon pink gooseberries when browsing through the fruit and vegetable aisle at my local Waitrose supermarket. Indeed darlings, those frightfully distinguished, pinky, fruity balls of deliciousness immediately superseded the green common type - so naturally I snapped up more than a few punnets!
You see, whilst in possession of such beauties I felt compelled to re-create a traditional recipe - with a bit of a Miss Windsor twist, of course! - hence the addition of those ravishing raspberries. Therefore, following a jolly old flick through my 1903 edition of Mrs Beeton’s One Shilling Cookery Book - I settled on the classic dessert of Gooseberry Fool.
In fact, well according to Grandmother Josie, this antique cookery book from 1903 originally belonged to my great great grandmother Georgina, who would’ve been 42 years old at the time and cooked for a gaggle of 9 children using a ‘range cooker’ – Oh, How fascinating!
Darlings, Miss Windsor's recipe for Pink & Spicy Gooseberry Raspberry Fool is bursting with a fusion of flavours and textures – creamy, spicy, sweet, yet sharp - the perfect summer’s day dessert!
Oh, and just like Miss Windsor, one must serve their creation in a matching set of vintage bone China teacups, or if one must, in tiddly ceramic vessels! I say, these exquisite, Haas and Czjzek, vintage teacups once belonged to the rather wonderful and beauteous Valeria Wallace - How spiffing!
ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY MISS WINDSOR - EXCEPT FOR THE PHOTO OF GRANDMA GEORGINA & VALERIE WALLACE.
Miss Windsor’s Pink & Spicy
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